19 Sep Obvious Child Review
This year’s most captivating romantic comedy is anything but Obvious
The brainchild of writer-director, Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child tells the story of Donna Stern, a late twenty-something stand-up comedienne with a bohemian sensibility and quirky sense of humor. After getting dumped by her less-than-sympathetic boyfriend and losing her job at a local bookstore, Donna stumbles into a drunken, one-night stand with handsome, well coiffed stranger, Max. When she discovers weeks later that she’s pregnant, Donna swiftly decides to terminate her pregnancy, a decision complicated by the reappearance of her rebound fling. A true star turn for funny-girl Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a honest and unexpectedly charming romantic comedy that will stand out amongst the throngs of “chick flicks.”
It’s no surprise that a woman has crafted such a refreshing and unusual take on a female-centered comedy. Robespierre’s version of the modern day rom-com features lived-in characters who are relatable yet still unique. In a genre that is so rarely original and free of clichés, Obvious Child aims to break the romantic comedy mold by building a story around a topic rarely shed in a positive light: abortion. Robespierre handles this topic with care, never daring to be disrespectful, and uses it as more of a character vehicle than an opportunity for political discussion. As the protagonist, comedienne Jenny Slate dazzles. Showcasing her candid brand of comedy in which she is, to quote her best friend from the film, “unapologetically herself,” as well as her aptitude for more emotional material, Slate creates a persona that is equal parts herself and every other twenty-something woman. Fans of hers will be delighted to see her finally get her much deserved time in the spotlight, solidifying her spot in the comedy world.
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This guest blog was written by Colleen Shields.